Weekend Film Recommendation: The Thing (1982)

25 Mar

Back in the late ’70s and early ’80s, John Carpenter established himself as one of the best filmmakers Hollywood had to offer, especially in the horror genre.  While he had success outside of the genre with films such as Assault on Precinct 13 and Escape from New York, among others; it was his mastery of suspense that made him a star.  After Halloween and The Fog, Carpenter’s next project in horror would be a remake of 1951’s The Thing from Another World.

The Thing focuses on a group of scientists in the Antarctic and how they handle being confronted with an alien organism that is capable of inhabiting the bodies of others.  Those infected by the thing do not know they are infected and their bodies become a sort of dormant host to the organism until it is ready to attack another victim.  It is up to the members of the crew to identify who among them is infected and how to isolate and protect themselves until they can escape.

Insert Charlie Sheen joke here

Much like he did for Halloween, a lot of the horror that Carpenter brings to life is through paranoia and suspense.  While The Thing did feature disturbing visual effects through make-up and special effects, the aspect of the film that allows it to stand the test of time is the relationship the audience establishes with the characters.  Though one obviously can’t identify with scenario played out on-screen, it is certainly easy to imagine the tension and suspicion the characters were going through, as well as the anxiety of not being able to trust their friends and coming to grips with their own mortality.

That's What we were going for too... BUT IN 3D!

The thing is not just one of the best alien invasion movies of all time, but also one of the best horror movies of all time.  With 2011 being the year of the remake, an adaptation of The Thing, will be released later this year starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) and Eric Christian Olsen (Not Another Teen Movie, Fired Up!).  However, even if you are excited about the remake, as I am, do yourself a favor and see the original; it is likely to be a far superior film from one of the masters of horror.

To add this to your Netflix Instant Queue, click here.

Advertisements

3 Responses to “Weekend Film Recommendation: The Thing (1982)”

  1. liveinnorfolk March 25, 2011 at 3:34 pm #

    Great recommendation. One of the finest horror films of all time….I love John Carpenter’s work.

  2. Ray April 13, 2011 at 12:39 am #

    Man I remember seeing this movie for the first time as a little kid and the tension I felt about the danger that could have been anyone in the room. I recently heard through my connections from working at Dish Network that they are making a prequel to this movie about the team who actually uncovered the space ship so that should be pretty cool. I am going to have to watch this one again before it comes out. That may be a little difficult but the fact that I have a Sling Adapter and can stream it to my phone will probably solve that problem.

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. Weekend Film Recommendation: The Thing (1982) (via Chris and Pac Take on Hollywood) | The Calculable - March 26, 2011

    […] Weekend Film Recommendation: The Thing (1982) (via Chris and Pac Take on Hollywood) Posted on 26 March, 2011 by Jarle Petterson Back in the late ’70s and early ’80s, John Carpenter established himself as one of the best filmmakers Hollywood had to offer, especially in the horror genre.  While he had success outside of the genre with films such as Assault on Precinct 13 and Escape from New York, among others; it was his mastery of suspense that made him a star.  After Halloween and The Fog, Carpenter’s next project in horror would be a remake of 1951′s The Thing from Anoth … Read More […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: